Category: Stories

December 6, 2016

By Mercy Kolok JUBA, South Sudan, December 6, 2016—Alfred Tombe is one of those guys you meet and hit it off immediately.  He is a simple, jolly and humble man who is always helpful. Even when he doesn’t know you, he will strike up a conversation and crack some jokes to make you feel at…

October 14, 2016

In South Sudan, conflict and spiraling inflation have left millions of people struggling to feed themselves. Around 4.4 million people — 40 percent of the population — are food insecure and the world’s youngest country is facing a crisis of malnutrition among children. UNICEF has treated more than 140,000 children so far this year. © UNICEF/2016/Rich The main market…

October 13, 2016

By Mercy Kolok © UNICEF South Sudan/Rich A child is screened for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported health center in Aweil, South Sudan. The women and their children had gathered in the shade of a huge tree serving as a treatment center for malnutrition. We were in Aweil, in the north of South Sudan and where…

February 21, 2016

In South Sudan, a massive push is underway to bring the chance to learn to more than half a million out-of-school children. This young country has the lowest rate of school attendance in the world and two years of conflict has only made the situation worse. More than 400,000 have been forced to drop out of education….

February 16, 2016

by Ashley Hamer BENTIU, South Sudan 16 February 2016 – For children all over the world, exams are usually accompanied by a feeling of dread, but for a small group of students seeking shelter is South Sudan’s largest displacement camp, it’s a time of great excitement. These students are sitting their national primary school finals…

February 12, 2016

By Claire McKeever When Simon returns to his family after an arduous time among an armed group, two young goats will help him along his path to recovery, and to realizing his dreams. PIBOR, South Sudan, 11 February 2016 – His days were once spent on exhausting treks through the bush, armed and poised for…

January 6, 2016

Over a quarter of a million children under 5 are estimated to be severely malnourished in South Sudan. In Bentiu Protection of Civilians site, over 100,000 people, the majority women and children, have fled devastating violence for safety but face new challenges. Nyeyang is one of the mothers struggling daily to survive after becoming separated from her husband…